Thursday, January 24, 2008

What I Have and Have Not Been Eating

Well, let's start with a nice cuppa. I think I'm in love with this coffee press. It turns finely ground coffee that sat in the freezer for months, then by my drip-pot for longer into full-flavored sludgy goodness. Even with more steps and more clean-up it still seems easier and faster than a drip. And that sleek little glass and metal pot on my counter makes me feel so European. Which I guess is good.

It's also giving me a perfect opportunity to take even more picture of this particular corner of my kitchen window. I'm enamored with the dirt there left from some plant-related mishap. No idea why.

It might also be making me picture happy.

This is good though since the only other thing worth taking a picture of is potatoes. I did the buy one get one free bag of reds at Winn-Dixie again. I do love potatoes. Especially since I don't want to spend anymore money at the store. So be expecting many new ideas there. Like today's. The recipe isn't pulling up anymore, so here's how I made them. Half a pack of dried onion soup mix, lots of parmesan cheese, black pepper, garlic powder. 350F covered in foil for 35 mins. 20 more mins without foil.

They were very nice, especially with a little extra parm right before eating. I'm so used to roasted reds at this point that I found the moistness from this recipe almost disturbing. I won't use foil next time.

I had a can of sauerkraut in the pantry, some diced tomatoes lounging in the frige, and an idea for a quick kapusniak. Check to see how sauer your kraut is before you get too happy with it. Mine is good, but wow. I chucked some beef bouillon into water with the rest of the instant onion mix from the potatoes, added sauerkraut, diced tomatoes, garlic powder, and a potato, heated and served.

I have also decided that English peas are on my shit list. They taste funny. Too sweet to make a good vegetable and not sweet enough to use in a dessert way. I discovered this after making a very lackluster creamed tuna recipe. It's in a Tupperware tomb right now where it'll probably stay. It was ugly and bad, so look over here!


Mary said...

I'm so jealous you have such a fabulous coffee press. I really need to get one. How was the sauerkraut soup? I've never heard of such a thing.

Zylo said...

I think the presses are pretty cheap, but mine was free so I don't know. Also, my own soup was... interesting. I was going for a recipe I'd tried before from Kalyn's Kitchen. Now that recipe was really good. Nice and hearty with a small bite from the sauerkraut. Let me see if I can find a link...


The direct link to her site is at the bottom of that page as well.